Pedestrian struck and killed in Pinellas County


A pedestrian was struck and killed in Pinellas County early Friday morning.

Eric Babcock, 29, of Clearwater was driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla northbound in the center lane U.S. 19 approaching Ulmerton Road, while 53-year-old James Anthony Speaks of Pinellas Park was walking westbound across the northbound lanes of U.S. 19, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. Speaks walked into the path of Babcock’s incoming vehicle, causing Babcock to collide with Speaks, the report stated.

Speaks died at the scene of the accident.


  1. Eric stopped as he should and will have enough time getting a good nights sleep in the future. May he get the mental assistance he will need, because of the fact that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. May the family of Speaks recognize that this was an unavoidable accident on the part of Eric.